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Commemorating the 2015 Water Professionals’ Day in Sri Lanka

The Water Professionals’ Day was initiated in 2003 with the objective of promoting water resources research in Sri Lanka by providing a platform for the water professionals and the students to present and discuss their research findings related to water. Reaching its 13th milestone in 2015, the Water Professionals’ Day Symposium – 2015 was held on 1 October at the University of Peradeniya. The event was organized by Cap-Net Lanka, Postgraduate Institute of Agriculture and Geo-Informatics Society of Sri Lanka (GISSL). The theme of the symposium was “Water – Food – Ecosystem Nexus” with the aim to increase the understanding of inter-sectoral linkages for sustainable water management. …  

13 Oct 2015 | News story

North Twin island in Myanmar

Mapping out the goals for biodiversity protection in Myanmar

Globally, IUCN has been working with several countries in revising their National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans (NBSAPs). These action plans are required from countries who are parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the international treaty dedicated to the conservation of the earth’s biodiversity recognising its role in sustainable development. Countries have until this year, 2015, to revise or update their NBSAPs according to revised targets agreed in 2010. IUCN has been committed to engaging in this ongoing process. …  

12 Oct 2015 | Article

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12 Oct 2015 | Article

Project Launch - Watershed Conservation and Restoration in the Knuckles Conservation Forest

Launch of HSBC funded project: mini-watershed of Puwakpitiya Oya

Funded by HSBC, the ‘Watershed Conservation and Restoration in the Knuckles Conservation Forest and Environmental Protection Area: mini-watershed of Puwakpitiya Oya’ is a three year project implemented by Sri Lanka Business and Biodiversity Platform (SLBBP) of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce (CCC). IUCN Sri Lanka functions as the technical partner of this project. The project was launched at the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce office in Colombo on 1 October 2015 and in attendance were Mr Sriyan Cooray, Chief Operating Officer, HSBC Sri Lanka and Maldives, Mr Mangala Yapa, Secretary General/CEO, CCC, Mrs Shiranee Yasaratne, Advisor, SLBBP and Mr Shamen Vidanage, Programme Coordinator, IUCN Sri Lanka.   …  

09 Oct 2015 | News story

Boat at Tawyagyi Wildlife Sanctuary

Tourism: a threat or an opportunity? A view from Myanmar’s iconic Ayeyarwady River

Biodiversity concerns are not often considered in tourism – unless an area is considered environmentally sensitive or is a designated site of natural importance, or if major infrastructure is planned. But in general, tourism can have major impacts on nature, and even the sudden influx of tourists in places that were otherwise sparsely visited will have repercussions on animals and plants and their environment. …  

09 Oct 2015 | Article

Eriosyce chilensis

Illegal trade contributes to placing cacti among world’s most threatened species – IUCN Red List

Gland, Switzerland, 5 October 2015 (IUCN) – Thirty-one percent of cactus species are threatened with extinction, according to the first comprehensive, global assessment of the species group by IUCN and partners, published today in the journal Nature Plants. This places cacti among the most threatened taxonomic groups assessed on The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™ - more threatened than mammals and birds.
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05 Oct 2015 | International news release

Pygmy hog (Porcula salvania), critically endangered species.

IUCN’s Harry Messel Award given to two conservationists in Asia

Two conservationists who work in Asia received the 2015 Harry Messel Award for Conservation Leadership. The announcement of the winners was made last month during the IUCN Species Survival Commission Leaders’ Meeting held in Abu Dhabi. …  

05 Oct 2015 | Article

Mekong River

Commentary: The UN Watercourses Convention – an opportunity to reinvigorate the Mekong Spirit

In 1995, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand, and Vietnam signed the Agreement on the Cooperation for the Sustainable Development of the Mekong River Basin. After decades of war and civil strife, it was celebrated as a triumph of the Mekong Spirit that would usher in a new era of regional peace and prosperity. The agreement established the Mekong River Commission, an inter-governmental institution made up of the four member states. …  

02 Oct 2015 | Article

White back and long billed vultures near Mithi Islamkot Tharparkar Sindh, Pakistan

Renewed Hope for the Vultures of Tharparkar, Sindh

The vulture population in Pakistan has steeply declined over the last 20 years, and accelerated efforts are now underway to save these large, magnificent birds from the many insidious threats they’ve been facing. …  

02 Oct 2015 | Article

Associate Prof. Dr. Dinh Xuan Thao - Director of Institute of Legislative Studies, National Assembly, Viet Nam making speech at the training

Hydrodiplomacy training: International water law and regional cooperation

Between September 21 and 28, BRIDGE organized series of training workshops on international water law and regional cooperation for the Cambodia National Mekong Committee and National Assembly in Phnom Penh, the National Assembly in Hanoi, and Myanmar and Thai government officials and Thai NGOs in Bangkok. The training was led by Dr. Alejandro Iza, Director of IUCN's Environment Law Center in Bonn. …  

30 Sep 2015 | News story
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